IESMA Mutual Aid
A vital area of importance is mutual aid through the Illinois Emergency Management Mutual Aid System (IEMMAS), an agency-based agreement between local governments and IESMA provides for mutual aid to agencies that may need emergency management support in times of disaster or other emergencies overwhelming local jurisdictions. These services are supported by highly trained members of the Emergency Management Assistance Team (EMAT) comprised of North, Central and Southern teams. These teams are equipped with the necessary inter operable communications, information technology equipment and a mobile Emergency Operations Center to augment or stand as temporary Emergency Operations Center, if necessary. All IESMA assets are dispatched and tracked from the association’s 24-hour dispatch center (EM-COM).
Another area of IESMA mutual aid consists of 12 generator caches strategically located throughout the state. These caches consist of 30, 60 and 100 Kilowatt generators. Each cache is supported by a generator support trailer equipped to support the missions of all generators in the caches. The generator support trailers are equipped with field connectible cable sets along with weather proof power distribution boxes enabling the connections to field mobile Command posts, (UCP's) and inter operable communications systems, (ITECS). These systems are designed to quickly connect to these state inter operable assets without the need for delays in professional electrical system connections in times of life safety operations.
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